The Best of Jonas Kaufmann

Release Date: 9/3/2013
Label: Decca
Catalog Number: B001894302
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
First ever ‘Best of’ from the world’s leading tenor.

"The hottest tenor in opera" - New York Times
“The colour, the elegance and the sheer beauty of tone in his singing are truly exceptional” - The Guardian

Showcasing the unique variety and quality of Jonas Kaufmann’s award-winning recordings for Decca, this album contains some of the best-loved operatic repertoire and some of Kaufmann's greatest roles, conducted by masters such as Abbado, Pappano and Gardiner and recorded in resplendent Decca sound.

Central to the collection are the two great nineteenth-century operatic geniuses Verdi and Wagner, coinciding with their 200th anniversaries. Kaufmann is probably the only tenor able to sing both Italian and German opera with equal aplomb.

It also features extracts from some of the greatest works in the operatic canon including arias by Puccini, Bizet and Mozart, as well as two recordings of Mascagni and Richard Strauss which are NEW TO CD. He is joined by Renee Fleming for the duet from Puccini’s 'La Rondine'. Accolades for Kaufmann’s Decca recordings have been plentiful, with recent awards including the inaugural International Opera Award for best male singer, three Gramophone Awards, a Goldene Deutschland Award, a Grammy, an ECHO Award, Artist of the Year from Musical America and the Bayerische Europamedaille. He also starred in the recent GRAMMY-winning production of The Ring at the Met.
Works on This Recording
1. La Bohème: Che gelida manina by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor: Marco Armiliato
Orchestra/Ensemble: Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896 ; Italy
2. Carmen: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée "Flower song" by Georges Bizet
Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor: Marco Armiliato
Orchestra/Ensemble: Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1873-1874 ; France
3. Tosca: E lucevan le stelle by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor: Marco Armiliato
Orchestra/Ensemble: Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1900 ; Italy
4. Don Carlos: Io l'ho perduta by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor: Marco Armiliato
Orchestra/Ensemble: Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867/1884 ; Italy
5. La traviata: De' miei bollenti spiriti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Jana Sibera (Soprano), Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor: Marco Armiliato
Orchestra/Ensemble: Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853 ; Italy
6. Rigoletto: Parmi veder le lagrime...Possente amor mi chiama by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor: Marco Armiliato
Orchestra/Ensemble: Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1851 ;
7. Faust: Salut! demeure chaste et pure by Charles Gounod
Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor: Marco Armiliato
Orchestra/Ensemble: Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; France
8. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Morgenlich leuchtend by Richard Wagner
Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor: Marco Armiliato
Orchestra/Ensemble: Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867 ; Germany
9. Werther: Pourquoi me réveiller? by Jules Massenet
Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor: Marco Armiliato
Orchestra/Ensemble: Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892 ; France
10. La Rondine: Bevo al tuo fresco sorriso by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor), Renée Fleming (Soprano), Barbara Vignudelli (Soprano)
Conductor: Marco Armiliato
Period: Romantic
Written: 1917 ; Italy
11. I Pagliacci: Recitar!...Vesti la giubba by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892 ; Italy
12. Iris: Apri la tua finestra! by Pietro Mascagni
Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Period: Romantic
13. Cavalleria Rusticana: Viva il vino spumeggiante "Brindisi" by Pietro Mascagni
Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor), Rosa Feola (Soprano)
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Period: Romantic
Written: 1890 ; Italy
14. L'Arlesiana: E la solita storia...Anch'io vorrei "Lamento" by Francesco Cilèa
Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Period: Romantic
Written: 1897/1937 ; Italy
15. Fedora: Amor ti vieta by Umberto Giordano
Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Period: Romantic
Written: 1898 ; Italy
16. Ombra di Nube by Licinio Refice
Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Period: Romantic
17. Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1791 ; Vienna, Austria
18. Die Walküre: Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond by Richard Wagner
Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1856 ; Germany
19. Oberon, J 306: Ich juble in Glück und Hoffnung neu by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1825-1826 ; Dresden, Germany
20. Lieder (4), Op. 27: no 2, Cäcilie by Richard Strauss
Performer: Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor: Marco Armiliato
Orchestra/Ensemble: Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1894 ; Germany
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